Books by Yangsook Choi

Yangsook Choi grew up in South Korea and has written and/or illustrated many notable books for children, including Nim and the War Effort by Milly Lee, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in New York City.


GAI SEE by Roseanne Thong
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

Bland, static and usually suspended against monochromatic backgrounds, Choi's uncrowded street scenes depict a four-season walk through a generic (though, to judge from the title, probably American) Read full book review >
BEHIND THE MASK by Yangsook Choi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 11, 2006

"A unique look at Halloween, this is a comforting story about death and some of the traditions of Korean culture. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Just before Halloween, while looking through his late grandfather's things, Kimin recalls a time in Korea, when, late at night, he saw his grandfather, his face grotesque and distorted. Read full book review >
LANDED by Milly Lee
by Milly Lee, illustrated by Yangsook Choi
FICTION
Released: March 3, 2006

"This testament to the pull of 'Gold Mountain' offers a bit of Chinese-American history in a handsome package. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-11)"
Drawing on the reminiscences of her father-in-law, Lee details 12-year-old Sun's emigration to San Francisco from China in 1915. Read full book review >
PEACH HEAVEN by Yangsook Choi
FICTION
Released: May 6, 2005

"Yangsook's vision of peace and harmony mirrors Choi's personal experiences, and her thoughtful main character embodies the same pensive tone found in the soft brownish-greenish peachy palate, making the whole experience one tasty bite. (Picture book. 7-8)"
Yangsook believes that peach orchards in her part of Korea are the best part of Puchon, because a peach garden is a piece of heaven. Read full book review >
THE KEY COLLECTION by Andrea Cheng
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2003

"Readers going through similar changes will enjoy Jimmy's first-person, honest narrative that reveals his love for family and tradition, as well as his desire to grow and mature. (Fiction. 8-11)"
This quiet coming-of-age story focuses on Xiao Jimmy's relationship with Ni Ni, his beloved grandmother. Read full book review >
GOOD-BYE, 382 SHIN DANG DONG by Frances Park
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A gentle and loving story perfectly pitched to its audience. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Though the subject of moving day is a popular theme, the Parks (Where on Earth is My Bagel, 2001, etc.) provide a unique perspective on the experience. Read full book review >
EARTHQUAKE by Milly Lee
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2001

"A good way to introduce the youngest of readers to a calamitous event. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Early on the morning of April 18, 1906, an earthquake shook the city of San Francisco, collapsing buildings and igniting fires that raged for days. Read full book review >
THE NAME JAR by Yangsook Choi
Released: July 10, 2001

"The paintings are done in creamy, earth-tone oils and augment the story nicely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Unhei has just left her Korean homeland and come to America with her parents. Read full book review >
THIS NEXT NEW YEAR by Janet S. Wong
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 18, 2000

"Choi's (Nim and the War Effort, 1996, etc.) lively, two-page spreads in bright colors, perfectly complement the energetic text, adding visual reinforcement to the scenes described by the narrator. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
The lunar new year doesn't begin on the first of January; it begins on the day of the first new moon. Read full book review >
NEW CAT by Yangsook Choi
Released: March 8, 1999

"Choi's tale is unique and refreshing in its setting and subject; in the pictures, she mixes soft colored surfaces with hard black lines and abrupt angles to vivid effect. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This may be the first appearance in a US picture book of tofu in a starring role, in a charming solo outing from the illustrator of Milly Lee's Nim and the War Effort (1997). Mr. Kim assigns New Cat the job of patrolling his tofu factory, searching for mice. Read full book review >
NIM AND THE WAR EFFORT by Milly Lee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 21, 1997

"All these details place the affecting story in a real, not idealized, America. (Picture book. 6+)"
The recycling of paper is not new, nor is racism. Read full book review >